5 Frames… With Impossible B&W 600 Black Frame (Polaroid 636 Close-up) – by Andreea Andrei

I shot over 14 portraits with the Polaroid 636 Close-up. I used it in different locations (inside of a white room, outside at 9:00 AM when it was a little bit colder, outside when it started raining. My expectations for the film were not high because in my mind I wanted to have a grunge-type style – one of the reasons I choose black and white film because I think that you can reveal more emotions and more about your subject.

In the end, after two days I had a bunch of interesting portraits and stories. I accidentally dropped the camera on the concrete and after my heart skipped a bit…thinking that I didn’t have my spare with me, it actually let me take a double exposure without having that feature on the camera 😉

When I shot the couple in the white room, we prepared to do the portrait, pressed the button and the photograph wasn’t ejected, in the first place I was, oh, please don’t die now! And I said to them, well let’s try again. I pushed the button the second time and the photograph was ejected and the result as brilliant. A double exposure without wanting it or having as a feature on my camera.

~ Andreea Andrei

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Andreea Andrei
Andreea Andreihttp://andreeaandrei.com/
My work focuses on social documentary, portraiture and fashion photography sometimes, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer. I'm driven by the curiosity that lies between a real moment that unfolds before your eyes and how you can freeze that moment in a photograph. I'm interested in personal projects that I can relate to. I like to know the person and try to make a deep connection with them before photographing them.

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